Since this films release in January 2017 the issue of ocean plastic has hardly been out of the news. Thanks to the likes of Sky News 'Plastic Tide' campaign and the BBC Blue Planet 2 series which was seen by 17 million viewers. Unlike other environmental issues such as climate change, genetically modified organisms or air pollution the plastic 'problem' is plain to see. Thanks to social media and community campaigns, local actions such as beach cleans have become popular activites and are springing-up across the UK.
Dorset has 80+ miles of heritage coastline to protect therefore our residents are even more actuely aware of this problem and they are proving to be willing to do something about it. Organising a film screening of A Plastic Ocean to support these activites is a win-win situation. Firstly it galvanises support by forging connections between the local campaign groups which are often disparate. Secondly it increases awareness of the issue by attracting more members of pubic to the cause. Thus rewarding volunteers whilst also an opportunity to recruit more members!
By joining-up the dots across the region we are continuing to build-up a network of Event Partners (participants & sponsors) which we publish on our website and continue to share on social-media. Other outcomes from our screenings of A Plastic Ocean include inspiring a student to train to become a marine biologist and even poetry.
The films UK producers have been in touch to say they are very pleased with the work we are doing and want to work more closely with us in the coming months. Their goal and the purpose of the film is to eliminate the demand for single-use plastics in a generation. We have worked incredibly hard to get to this point. Our screenings represent approximately 25% of the audience figures for our region (Dorset & East Devon) and we have invested all of our own funds into new equipment.
After British Science Week screenings which were sponsored by Bournemouth University (6 venues, 7 screenings, 8 days). There are multiple venues, events and campaigns that have expressed an interest in hosting screenings. Although we cannot be specific exactly where we will be here is the list of potential venues and opportunities (which keeps growing). Some of these are world-class visitor attractions others are small halls and schools.
Earthday 22nd April (Bournemouth & Boscombe)
Weymouth & Portland
World Environment Day June 6th
World Oceans Day June 8th
More than just a movie these events form part of a global 'wave of change' by bringing together like-minded people from across society with an interest in sustainability. After the film the audience are invited to participate in a discussion about the issues raised. The foyer area has stalls, local campaign groups and businesses showcasing the excellent work being done in the region.
A Plastic Ocean brings to light the consequences of our global disposable lifestyle. We thought we could use plastic and throw it away with negligible impact to humans and animals. That turns out to be untrue. The results of this film will astound viewers–just as it did the adventurers–who captured never-before-seen images of marine life, plastic pollution, and its ultimate consequences for human health.
So let's keep on inspiring each other to take-action and thank you for your support x
One Life, One World, Don't Waste-it! that's Ecotainment!